How do I know if I have bed bugs? Identifier and Common Signs – NJ Bed Bugs

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Unfortunately NJ Bed Bugs do a spectacular job at hiding their true identity. This is especially true throughout the warmer months and times when we travel more frequently.  This brief article will share with you a few things that we think you need to know.

Allow us to begin with a powerful message that needs to be shared with you all. Because these irritating pests have been linked to shame and embarrassment, far too many homeowners attempt to treat and eradicate on their own, please know that this is a mistake. Many professionals have discovered that some forms of DIY treatments have aided in the SPREAD of them, more so than elimination.   Before going any further (if nothing else) we want our community to know that we maintain a trusted level of confidentiality when it comes to our services- especially with NJ Bed Bugs.


Why Are They Hard to Detect?

For starters, the time of year is usually a factor when it comes to noticing them. The first sign usually comes in the form of unexplained bites, therefore in the summer months – they can easily be masked. When we are faced with bites from mosquitoes, green heads, ticks, spiders and fleas- we tend to think of bed bugs LAST. This certainly aids in their undercover operation, however knowledge is power and we plan to gift you with a brief education on this subject.


What Do NJ Bed Bugs Look Like?

They are commonly discovered in the adult phase, which consists of a small oval shape, brown in color. Their body dimension can be completely flat or round and swollen with a reddish color after they have fed. If they have indulged in a large feed, the oval shape can actually elongate. Here are a few images of the feeding process:


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Because they can transform their shape, they are often confused with other insects. This image will help you to sort out some of these misconceptions.






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They are very tiny and often homeowners think that they can spot them easily, as they would a cockroach for example. To put this into perspective- here is a picture of the various stages compared to a penny.








What Do Their Bites Look Like?

Because these hideous creatures feed on us while we are asleep, we don’t always know it is happening. To make matters worse, they transmit a numbing agent after they attach, so we literally don’t feel a thing.  Because it is close to impossible to feel the bite, we have to look for the signs that they left behind. Here are a few things that we think you should be aware if:

  • Fleas bite around the ankle areas and leave a red spot in the center
  • Bed Bugs bite any areas exposed such as hands, legs, arms, neck, shoulders…
  • They tend to appear in a line or zigzag pattern whereas fleas bite in random spots with no order
  • You can see a flea on your skin biting sometimes, chances are -you won’t catch a bedbug

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Everyone has different sensitivities (like mosquitoes) and therefore the reaction can vary from hardly noticeable to severe. Many people will initially think they have some sort of reaction or rash, as the cluster of bites can appear in the form of tiny blisters. We have attached a few images of what the bites can look like:



Here is the bottom line, if you suspect NJ bed bugs – please call or email us. As top rated professionals in this field, we have expanded our services to include both residential and commercial properties in Monmouth, Mercer, Ocean, or Atlantic County areas.  Don’t leave any doubt and let the infestation multiple, allow us the opportunity to conduct an inspection and prepare the appropriate course of treatment.

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Noises in the Attic? What is it? Tales from your Ocean County Exterminator


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As an experienced Ocean County Pest Control professional, we have heard many stories from our customers. There is one thing that we have noticed- sounds from the attic make people really anxious (rightfully so).


What is that Sound?

As you walk down your hallway, you look up at the string that taunts you. The mere existence of the dangling cord is daring you to climb up into the attic to investigate the noise. What is it? What is that sound you are hearing from above? Many times you have lowered the television, shushed the family and tip toed the outline of the house in hopes of getting a good listen.  Unfortunately you believe that there is only one way to find out, you must pull the string and head up.


Heading in to Investigate

With flashlight and broom handle balancing in your palm, you carefully crest your head craefully into the darkness. As you fumble and click on the flashlight, your eyes are greeted by cob webs, dust balls and the fear of something popping out as you scan the room. Then you begin to hear something, but having no idea where it is coming from- panic sets in. You back out swiftly and head for the ladder to head back to a safer place. You shut the entry door as you hear scuffling and scratching sounds. Part of you did not want to retreat because you are painfully curious to reveal the source- however too terrified to follow through.


Could it Really Be?

What IS that noise? It is driving you crazy by invading your every thought.  Is it a bird, mouse or maybe a rat? You walk outside of your home and you cannot believe your eyes- a BAT just came out of your attic! That’s right…you have BATS.

Frantically you contact your local Ocean County Exterminator (Above All Termite and Pest Control) and let them handle it- problem solved. (Ok, we added that part, but that’s what you SHOULD do!)

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Useful Information and Prevention Tips- NJ Exterminator

Trying to figure out how they entered your home is a difficult topic to attack. While there are 45 species of bats commonly found in the United States, very few of them use homes as their own shelter. The most common species: Little Brown Bats, Big Brown Bats, Evening Bats, Mexican Free-trail and Pallid Bats.

When dealing with them in a home, it’s essential to remember what ways are NOT effective. These include methods include bleach, ammonia, sulfur candles, lights and loud noises. Even though the bats appear to be a problem and you want them out- the larger issue is how they entered in the first place.  All potential access points into the home need to be located and handled with the correct techniques. This process is often referred to as bat-proofing. The best time to do this is in the fall /winter months when they leave to hibernate.

Managing this type of wildlife after it has moved into your home should be handled by a professional service. Without a doubt, the home should be thoroughly inspected. Once all access points are eliminated and closed, special materials should be installed over the pathways to get them to retreat. This material allows the bats to leave the home but will prevent them from returning. Some of these products could include netting, high quality sealants and specialized installations intended just for them.

Once they have successfully left the home, the materials can be removed and any access points completely sealed off. The next step involves odor treatments and chemical applications remove bugs or other bat parasites that they may have carried in. If any insulation or interior damage has been done, our team will recommend repair and replacement of such materials.

Going forward, we also suggest yearly inspections to clarify that it is no longer being used as shelter by this unwanted species. The best part about using as your “go to” ocean county pest control company is that all of our work is GUARANTEED. If there is a sound in your home that is making you crazy, you owe it to yourself to give us a call.


Pest Control in the Kitchen | Lacey Exterminator Shares Professional Tips

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We are not just Lacey Exterminators; we are also human. We know that there are some things you just can’t live with.

Things such as:


The thought of any insect near our food or inside our kitchen creates high levels of anxiety for many of us. However, the reality is that pantry pests are a common household issue. The most common pantry pests are the Weevils, Grain and Flour Beetles and Indian Meal Mouths.

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These insects are attracted to the foods that are commonly stored in our cabinets and pantries. They can be found in various foods such as; pasta, cereals, rice and flour. Pet foods such as bird seeds, dried fruits and nuts, dry dog and cat foods are also a common area these insects can be found. Grain & Flour beetles are slender, flat and brownish in color. The Indian meal mouths are also brownish in color. Once their eggs hatch, the larva is a white worm with a dark head. When they grow they crawl across the ceiling and walls and look for a place to hide such as cracks and crevices.

Pantry pests multiply rapidly and can create much anxiety once the homeowner notices their presence. The most effective way to treat this infestation is to find the source of where they began. This process must be completed to eliminate the infestation. You will need to clean every cabinet and pantry within your kitchen. Dispose of any items that were not stored properly. Remember that these insects may have originated in the pet food storage area. You can use the suction of a vacuum cleaner to remove all the insects. Properly dispose of the vacuum bag once all insects are removed. Use soapy water too thoroughly wash each cabinet surface paying close attention to any crack or crevice. Proper storage of our foods kept in our cabinets and panties is our best defense to these invasions.


Pest Control Tips in the Kitchen


  • Keep grain products stored in air-tight plastic containers, jars or plastic zip lock bags.

This can be time consuming but well worth the extra efforts. It is very common for these insects to find their way into your home by the means of the products bought from the store. These insects could have originated at the food processing plant, the storage warehouse, the delivery vehicle or the retail store. Once stored inside your home, the eggs may hatch within the product which will leave you with an overabundance of insects which has the possibility to contaminate other products stored within your kitchen. Pantry pests multiply rapidly. The extra time invested in the proper storage of your products will contain these insects within the storage container and therefore reduce the infestation from spreading throughout your kitchen.

  • Rotate your inventory.

Keeping the newest product in the back and bringing the older products forward. This method will assure that your products are being used properly in order of purchase date.

  • Clean your pantry and cabinets.

Take all product out of each cabinet, inspect the product then clean the surface of the cabinet with soapy water. Pay close attention to any cracks, crevices and corners. Dry surface and replace food. Make sure all products are stored properly. This practice will help eliminate that forgotten product left in the back corner and the removal of any crumbs or spilt food left behind.


If you are need of a complete assessment or even a one time pest control treatment in Ocean County, CLICK HERE- we can help!

Top Public Places Bed Bugs are Found- NJ Extermination Company Shares National Study

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As a full service NJ extermination company, we are often faced with many myths and misconceptions about bugs and pests. In this article, we will be revealing some interesting facts (as well as some disturbing truths) related to Bed Bugs in NJ.

One of the largest public assumptions is the thought that only dirty people get bed bugs. Not only is this a myth, but the places where these bloodsuckers have been found and treated may actually alarm you. Take a moment to review some of the results provided by recent studies.

This national study has been conducted by multiple organizations, pest control specialists and even the CDC to bring you the most unbiased, yet accurate results.

Where are pest control professionals treating bed bugs?

Revealed: TOP 7 Public Places


98% of them reported treating bed bugs in condos and apartment buildings

Because they are tiny and often go undetected, they can hide and spread very easily from one apartment or room to the next. They can attach to mattresses, bags and luggage without anyone noticing. They migrate quite easily from one apartments unit to the next because they are savvy hiders.  They tend to travel though walls and outlets efficiently and effectively.

 96% have treated them in single family homes

Since 2010, homeowners have reported bed bug infestations at higher rates than years prior. The national averages all share a similar rate of exposure, so climate does not seem to be a factor. These disgusting bugs are brought into homes in many different ways- from second hand furniture, clothing, luggage, hotels and more.

Areas Affected in the US

17%- Northeast region

19%- Western States

20%- in the Midwest

20%- Southern States

 75% of them have treated hotels, motels or time shares

Because of the high turnover rate in places such as hotels, it is not surprising that bedbugs are found here. As a NJ extermination company, we have heard of and treated many infestations in transient areas and high traffic areas- such as Atlantic City. When you have a large population of people circulating in and out of one room (especially all year round) it becomes difficult to complete a successful remediation.

47% of exterminators reported treated college dorms and shared living complexes

The same rules apply to college dorms as apartment complexes, however with a slight twist. When you have multiple people sharing a small space, it becomes that much more difficult to locate and identify the night crawlers. Because of this reason, often the infestation is triple that of a less populated town home (as an example).

41% have reported treated these pests in public and/or private schools and daycare centers

This is probably one of the most disturbing results for many of us. Since the public does not have access to many areas within facilities such as public schools and daycare facilities, it is close to impossible to control or inspect these buildings. If you or a member of your family has been exposed to an infestation, contact us for more information.

33% have been to a local or community hospital to treat/remediation

Sadly, this number is growing each year and there is not much a patient can do to prevent it.  However it is important to know that we are seeing a very positive trend in this area. Nationwide healthcare professionals are facing this problem head-on and implementing preventative measures.

21% have treated or been called to exterminate public transportation vehicles

Public transportation includes buses, trains, planes, taxi services and more. It is no surprise that the urban areas of the US that rely exclusively on public transportation face the highest rate of exposure.

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Infestations of these unsightly and annoying bugs tend to occur  and spread rapidly.  Should you suspect that they have made their way into your home, business or apartment- contact us immediately for assistance. NJ Bed Bugs are a serious matter and not easy to get rid of. Do not attempt to take measures into your own hands, it often leads to a larger problem. We respect privacy as well as your budget, so complete our online inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as possible.





Professional vs Do-it-Yourself Extermination|Ocean County Pest Control Tips


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 Hiring a Professional vs Do-it-Yourself

Ocean County Pest Control Company Weighs in and Shares Useful Tips


When it comes to treating bugs or rodents in your home, many wonder if it would be better if they handle the problem themselves. There are social platforms and websites dedicated exclusively to the do-it-yourself homeowner. Who can blame someone for trying to resolve something themselves or for utilizing a more natural approach to a problem? The truth is- I am one of those people. I prefer to mitigate damage on my own and resolve issues before asking for help from a professional. I also enjoy working on the house and sharing time with my family as we gather around a project. I began to ponder all of the years we have heard stories from customers about pest control things that they have tried and what worked and did not work. There are absolute situations in which a homeowner must contact a local exterminator and other times when they can try natural approaches, so which is which?


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Here we break down and examine some of do-it-yourself techniques versus hiring an Ocean County Pest Control Company (such as Here are a few of the main things that drive a homeowner to choose one over the other. Consider some of these helpful tips before taking matters into your own hands.

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The Cost: This is usually the very first thing that drives homeowners to Home Depot to browse the vast aisles of DIY pest control treatments. In some instances however, hiring a professional pest control company may be less expensive than “trial by error” techniques. Some pesticides can encourage other pests or even amplify the infestation, did you know that? Be sure to weigh out your options and call for a FREE estimate from a professional before choosing a can off of a shelf. Many times the professional treatment comes with a warranty and can last months and even years beyond a home treatment kit.


Instant Results: This is one of the very first things that a homeowner wants to see, results. If a dangerous or creepy bug makes its way into the safe place we call home, then we want them out – yesterday. We get that and understand that many times that is the reason behind the DIY purchase. Keep in mind however that a qualified extermination service is often available to answer you calls and can often treat within 24 hours. Before wasting your time and money, make the call first and then take action second.


Ability and Knowledge: There are some great products on the market to treat, deter or eliminate some insects- however you must know what , where and how to use it. Researching online and reading labels often gives a sense of control back to the homeowner as they begin to plot their plan of attack. There is nothing wrong with taking this approach, however be sure to read instructions carefully and always follow manufacturers recommendations. If you feel uneasy using a chemical or topical treatment, contact an Ocean County Pest Control service for an evaluation. They are trained and specialize in treatment and often save you money in the long run. The added incentive to using a professional to exterminate is the education that you will receive about your specific problem. A good company will take the time to share with you their findings, the best possible solution and preventative tips. This type of valuable information cannot be purchased in a can.


Type of Pest: If you spot a few bugs or insects here and there, chances are that you eradicate them easily on your own. However, there are some specific types of pests that you should ALWAYS contact a professional for:

  • Termites
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  • Rodents
  • Wood Destroying Insects
  • Wildlife Nesting (Raccoon, Squirrel, Skunk and more)


Any type of pest that runs the risk of damaging the integrity of the structure of a home should be handled by a trained professional. If you are unsure whether or not your infestation is a safety or health concern, click here to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.

The best rule of thumb for many homes in our region is to take preventative action. This does not necessarily always mean treating with chemicals and purchasing hazardous bug sprays in a can. Our recommendation is to begin by walking the exterior of your home and sealing, patching and repairing areas that serve as welcome mat to bugs, pests and wildlife. Should you feel that you need a seasonal treatment or help with a current infestation problem, please contact us at any time for a FREE HOME EVALUATION.

As a reputable and experienced professional in Ocean County| Pest Control and Extermination Services is all that we do. We treat all of our customers like family and will NEVER try to sell you an unnecessary or costly service. We kill pests, not your budget.

Treat Seasonal Bugs All-At-Once – FREE Estimate for Ocean County Pest Control

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FREE Ocean County Pest Control Estimate


Do you mow your lawn one patch at a time? Of course not.

Why handle bugs inside and outside of your home one at a time? Eliminate Seasonal Bugs, Rodents and Infestations with a personal home evaluation by leading exterminators in Ocean and Monmouth County.  Our comprehensive hands-on evaluation produces a treatment plan based on your own individual needs. Sometimes you may not even know what may be living in or around your home, which is precisely what our team will look for. Or perhaps you are looking to safeguard and treat All-At-Once for nuisances such as:

  • Ants
  • Roaches
  • Box Elder Bugs
  • Ladybugs
  • Centipedes
  • Clover Mites
  • Earwigs
  • Millipedes
  • Pill Bugs
  • Silverfish
  • Crickets
  • Spiders
  • Carpet Beetles
  • Bees*
  • Wasps
  • Hornets
  • Yellow Jackets
  • Rats
  • Mice


We will do a professional evaluation that goes as deep as you need us to go. We can treat for as few or as many, but we will do it ALL AT ONCE. Get back to enjoying your home, inside and out. Save your money with the do-it-yourself treatments and allow our Ocean County Pest Control Exterminators to handle the job in an affordable and effective way.

Click here to contact us and request a free quote. We will kill the nuisances in and around your home and not your budget. Please fill out our online contact form and we will be in touch to discuss your specific needs. Our company is built upon honest and fair dealings, so feel confident that we will never be pushy or make you feel uncomfortable. Even in the worst of infestation situations, we maintain confidentiality and will handle your issues with compassion and professionalism.


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Other Ocean County Pest Control services we provide:

  • NJ Bed Bugs
  • Termite inspection and Clean Certification
  • Specialty Infestations (examples: Carpenter Bees and Ants)
  • Wildlife Trapping and Removal
  • Flea and Tick Treatment and  Removal


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Mosquito Treatments-What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You – Lacey Pest Control

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Here we are- that time of year again…and it seems that the bugs are back with a vengeance. As a Lacey Pest Control specialist we like to share some interesting tidbits about the most annoying insect of all: the Mosquito.

Did you know


  • Mosquitoes have been classified as the DEADLIEST “animal” in the entire world. This label came as a result of the more than 1 million deaths caused by Malaria
  • Mosquitoes are durable and have been around since the Jurassic time period. Yes, that means that these little pests have survived and thrived for over 210 million years.
  • The welts present on your skin after a bite is due to their saliva
  • West Nile and Malaria is transmitted through the saliva of the mosquito
  • These little irritants carry and transmit Canine Heartworm
  • HIV cannot be transmitted via bite from them
  • The chemicals released in sweat smell like dinner cooking on the stove to these bloodsuckers
  • The lifespan ranges 10 days to 2 months (females can live up to 6 months)
  • Female lay up to 300-350 eggs at one single time
  • They can drink more than 3 times their weight in your blood


It is actually dangerous to have mosquitoes around or inside your home. Mosquitoes are known for carrying dangerous diseases, and their bites can even be deadly if they are infected by the wrong disease. These insects are known for carrying all sorts of diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus and more. They can even cause problems for your pets and livestock because they can cause heartworms in dogs and more. Some of the diseases that they carry can be transferred back and forth between humans and horses or birds, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis and St. Louis Encephalitis

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Myth Busters:

  • Bats do not regularly eat mosquitoes,  it is less than 1% of their diets
  • 2 main predators that DO eat them: Dragonflies and Fish- some towns release dragonflies in certain areas to keep the population down
  • Permethrin will attack their central nervous system but it does not affect the eggs and larvae and therefore they will continue to thrive once the chemical has dissipated
  • BugZappers kill the more harmless insects, such as moths and beetles- while only 1% of mosquitoes are killed with this method.
  • Lemon Eucalyptus oil has proven to be so effective that even the CDC has recommended it. However, it is only intended to be used as a short term repellent and does not kill them.


What can you do?

Above All termite and Pest Control will complete a comprehensive assessment of your pest situation and customize a program for your home that fits around your schedule and home environment.

We specialize in significantly reducing the amount of mosquitoes pestering you and your family. Make a promise to yourself this year and commit to spending more time with your family outside. To increase the effectiveness of yard treatments, consider speaking with your neighbors and treating together. We offer discounts for this type of service, and the effectiveness is 3 fold to yard treated individually.

Our goal is to exceed your expectations. If you are not completely satisfied with the results of any service provided by our company, we will return at no cost to you and make it right. Please click here for a home evaluation to determine the best course of treatment for you.







Do I have Carpenter Ants or Termites? Pro Tips- Ocean County Pest Control

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For some homeowners, a pile of sawdust might be located and it causes a moment of dread. What is doing this? In other cases, you may have caught a glimpse of something- but you were not quite sure what it was- a very large ant perhaps? Here we take you through the step by step process of identifying what could be ingesting your home, one splinter at a time.


Identifying Carpenter Ants

These large ants are typically black, red or can be both black and red. Their bodies are segmented in an oval shape and they have 6 legs. The average size of the worker carpenter ant is between 1/8” to an inch long, as the queen is traditionally larger than the rest.

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Differences Between Termites and Carpenter Ants?

The graphic below is a very helpful tool in identifying the difference between these two nuisances.

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         Ant:                                                                                      Termite:

Waist is pinched                                                                 No defined waist area

Bodies split into 3 parts                                                    Bodies divided into 2 parts

Home and tunnels are clean and smooth                        Tunneling often muddy

Will come inside for food and water                              Stick to underground & wooden structures


About Discovery

Carpenter Antcarpenter_ant_500-325s are traditionally discovered when one is seen inside the home. Their size is generally alarming to many homeowners and so they easily grab attention. After seeing one inside, the next step should be to walk around the outside of your home -paying particular attention to wooden areas (decks, sills, steps and such). You may see them crawling around in a very obvious fashion or you may discover a small pile of wood shavings on the ground (beneath a hole in the wood). Some infestations can actually be heard if you are still and close enough to their tunnel.

Shelter tubesTermites leave a mud trail that resembles a tube, roughly the thickness of a pencil. This tunnel/tube runs from the ground up to the side of the home and can be very obvious or hidden well in areas such as the crawl space. Many homeowners make discovery when they notice wings dropped on the ground in random places. This happens when the reproductive aged members within the colony leave to start their own. Many refer to this as a termite swarm.



Can I Treat Carpenter Ants Myself?

Although ant traps and do-it-yourself treatments are readily available, they are generally ineffective and not recommended. To rid of these ants completely, all of the ants must be located and the nesting areas must be discovered and exterminated completely. Because both carpenter ants and termites  can cause serious damage by weakening the structural integrity of the house, it is important that these pests are handled by an Ocean County Pest Control Company such as Above All Termite and Pest Control. A trained professional eye can easily scout, identify and treat the areas that you may not even be aware of.


Future Tips: Protect and Prevent

  • Any wood that has been damaged by water should be removed and replaced
  • Trees and bushes outside the perimeter of the home should be cut back away from the house as much as possible
  • Annually inspect and caulk and/or seal any holes, gaps or cracks that you may find
  • Seal and caulk around all windows and doors
  • Fix any leaks or areas that gather excess moisture within the home
  • Keep all food inside the cabinets and on counters sealed, especially in warmer months


To seek help from a professional – whether to treat or identify what may be eating your home, please click here- Ocean County Pest Control Company- Above All 

Locate a Ocean County Pest Control Service Provider

Above All Termite and Pest Control is here for you and will NEVER oversell or overcharge you for unnecessary services or treatments.

Contact us today and let us help you to restore the home that you once had (bug and pest free). As a reputable Ocean County Pest Control Company, we maintain a level of customer service that exceeds some of the large franchises or commission based programs. Our individualized attention to treating your home is what our company has been built upon.

Our goal is to deliver you complete satisfaction so that you can count on our company again and/or feel confident referring us to friends and family. Call us old fashioned, but we stand behind our word as well as our work.

Please watch this video that outlines much of what our services offer. In addition, what our past customers have thought of the job that we do.

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TICKS: Prevention Tips & Treatment – Lacey Pest Control

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New Dangerous Tick Borne Infections

Lacey Pest Control shares important information everyone should know

As a reputable Lacey pest control specialist (and also a resident of Lanoka Harbor) we pride ourselves in the ability to assist our neighbors and friends with the removal of pests and pesky bugs. However, every year the media tends to bring a new hot topic that scares people.  Some of these reports have been helpful and supported by truth- while others did not apply to our region of the country. This year however- we have a new tick borne disease that is sweeping the country called- The Bourbon Virus.

Recently, the CDC has issued warnings to our area regarding this new troubling disease that is thought to be transmitted through tick bites. Because many of us live in heavily wooded areas, this subject hits home to us. Therefore, for the sake of educating our friends and neighbors, we have compiled this resource in hopes that you would share it with loved ones. The following information will address things such as prevention tips, treatment and helpful facts related to ticks or tick bites in the northeast region.


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The 4 stages of life

– Egg

– 6 legged larva

– 8 legged nymph

– Full grown adult


Here is the deal with them that sets them apart from many others- they MUST consume blood as a form of nutrition throughout each stage or they will die.  Because of this reason, many of these bugs do not make it to full maturity.






What do they feed on?

Many people assume that they only attach to our pets and humans, but they are not as particular as you think. Ticks choose the following hosts:

  • Mammals
  • Birds
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians

Ironically they are particular about their feedings  and prefer to chose a different host for each life cycle. This means they will complete a feeding and drop off until they are ready for the next phase.


Do they choose a host at random? Not exactly.

Ticks locate a host by scent, body temperature, moisture and  even vibrations/movement. They are determined little buggers and wait for the right opportunity to “catch a ride” by placing one set of legs on the tip of a leaf or blade of grass and the front pair of legs outreached toward the host. After attaching themselves, some may wander aimlessly to locate a warm dark area while others are content to attach anywhere. Because they are stealth at the hide-and-go-seek game, it is often hard to locate them without an extensive inspection.


How do they transmit disease to humans?

How ticks spread disease- step by step

  • Prepping to feed can vary from 10 minutes to many hours- depending on the life cycle. Once the feeding location is established, it cuts the surface of the skin and attaches.
  • Once the attachment is complete, they insert a feeding tube and secrete cement-like substances that secure the tube in place.
  • There is also a numbing anesthetic mixed within the saliva that prevents the host from feeling the penetration or attachment. This is why many people are stunned that they have a tick on them, because they cannot feel it.
  • This bloodsucker will feed for several days and even weeks without interruption.
  • If the tick is carrying any form of pathogen or disease, it is transmitted through the feeding tube or saliva and into the bloodstream of the animal/person and vice-versa. Organisms are free to pass to both host and the tick.
  • After reaching completion of the feed, the majority of ticks will drop off and head into the next life phase.




Personal Prevention- What Should You Do?

  • Conduct a full body inspection from head to toe after returning from the outdoors. Be sure to check under arms, behind ears, inside belly buttons, every crease and crevice that would provide a safe hiding place…and also check hair.
  • Check, inspect and evaluate children each day, even if they are not in the woods. Remember that ticks can lie and wait on a single blade of grass.
  • Bathe within one hour of returning indoors. Check yourself in the shower and scrub your body down, particularly if you were engaged in the woods, near trees or gardening. Children should be closely checked on a daily basis.
  • Check pets and gear that may be rested outdoors on the ground (such as athletic equipment).
  • Have your home treated by a qualified pest control company or exterminator who knows what they are doing


Professional Services:

Did you know that a qualified pest control specialist can take measures to rid of ticks in your yard? As a Lacey pest control specialist and exterminator, Above All  has been performing tick sprays for over a decade. With years of experience in combination with continued education and product awareness, we know the correct combination of insecticides to use and the safest way to apply them. Our experience is your guarantee that we’ll give your property a thorough treatment that will rid your yard of ticks.

Click here to contact us and get started on eliminating these disease carrying bugs once and for all. We also treat for fleas, so do not forget to inquire about that service when you submit your online message or call us.Above All Pest Control and Exterminator


Facts and Information:

  1. Ticks are most active April through September in the Northeast region.
  2. Repellents containing 20-30% DEET is a preventive measure that should be taken- but carefully applied.
  3. Use products or items that contain permethrin on the outside of all clothing if entering into a wooded area.
  4. Pre-treating clothing, particularly the bottoms of pants, socks and shoes with permethrin can assist in extending the prevention time.
  5. You can check for additional repellents registered with the EPA by visiting this site


We intend to bring awareness to our area regarding this important topic. Please help us by sharing this article with your friends, family and neighbors. Through prevention and awareness, we hope to see the cases of Lyme Disease and all the other tick-borne illnesses decrease in our area.


To learn more about the new emerging tick born diseases, you may want to listen to the CDC presentation here 

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